Plan with passion
Take the time to plan your meal with gusto! Have your guests in mind, but don’t be afraid to show off a little! Perhaps start with a fontina, parmesan and potato pizza, then go the extra mile to roast a lamb shoulder for our lamb ragu with pappardelle, slow cook your beef or simply top off your usual osso buco with a fresh gremolata. Perhaps extend your repertoire with a new recipe you’ve always wanted to try, such as our elegant Roast beef tenderloin with garlic & herbs.
Set the scene
Dress your table with your best linens and tableware. Think quality - carefully selected cutlery, your best china – be it an artful selection of mismatched classics, or your Grandmother’s favourite casserole dish – it’s time to press them into action with the serving ware usually just displayed on the sideboard. Add a flourish of blooms and layer textures in placemats and napkins, crockery and glassware, punctuated with rich colours in a nod to the tradition of Italian home cooking.
Put the love in
Just before guests arrive, pop on more music, light a bunch of candles and set the scene for a lovely evening of stylish entertaining and ease.
Round off the meal with a classic Italian dessert, such as our Tiramisu and a glass of Marsala. Bellissimo!
Keep it real checklist
- Allow time to get yourself ready to - take a moment to relax with an aperitivo before your guests arrive as you transition from chef to host
- Have a variety of choices on the menu to suit any dietary requirements – roasted vegetables are given a textural lift with grains and pulses, herbs and spices
- Choose music to set the mood you want to create – perhaps a little opera, to start conversations and keeps the evening flowing freely